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Barclays Bank is further expanding their offering of credit cards and is now partnering with Travelocity Rewards to provide consumers with a no annual fee credit card that provides up to 3% cash back or money back towards a flight or flight + hotel vacation package. This is not only a great card for people who book a lot of travel through Travelocity, but the card is an American Express card as well! This is a nice change from the typical Visa or MasterCard that Barclay usually offers.
Unlike other travel related credit cards that are fixed to one airline, the Travelocity Rewards American Express offers 3 points per dollar spent on any purchase from Travelocity. This means you earn 3 points per dollar on every flight, hotel, cruise, vacation package, or last minute travel package purchased from Travelocity and 1 point everywhere else.
In addition to offering potential lucrative earning possibilities, for a limited time, new card holders will be given 5,000 points after their first purchase and an additional 5,000 points after spending a total of $1000 in the first 90 days. Together this equals a 10,000 point sign up bonus or a free $100 or enough points that you’ll already be half way to the holy grail of 20,000 points, which is equal to a $400 credit!
How do the points work?
The Travelocity Rewards American Express point system is EXTREMELY simple. You earn 3 points for every purchase from Travelocity or 1 point from purchases everywhere else. Each point you earn is worth 1 cent and can be redeemed for statement credits. 5,000 points = $50 However, the best redemption option is when you reach 20,000 points (the current sign up bonus of 10,000 gets you half way there!). 20,000 points can be redeemed for the cost of an airline ticket or Flight + Hotel Package up to a maximum credit of $400! This redemption option actually doubles the values of the points!
- Redeem 5,000 Travelocity Points for a $50.00 statement credit
- Redeem 7,500 Travelocity Points for a $75.00 statement credit
- Redeem 20,000 Travelocity Points for the cost of an airline ticket or Flight + Hotel Package up to a maximum credit of $400.00.
This card is truly unique because there are NO earning caps on points, no blackout dates, and it provides you with the opportunity to earn statement credits! And with a statement credit of $400 for only 20,000 points, this is an AWESOME redemption point-to-value ratio, making each point worth 2 cents! Even American Express Membership Reward & Chase Ultimate Reward points are often time valued at less than 2 cents per dollar!
I am adding this card to my list of Barclay Card Travel Cards. This link also provide advice on how to successfully apply for Barclay Cards.